How it all started...
Jackson, Mississippi native Darrian Douglas has fashioned a successful music career with jazz groups throughout New Orleans and New York City. At age 11, Darrian began studying music at the Academic and Performing Arts Center under Dr Perry Combs and several other inspiring music educators, including Alvin Fielder, London Branch and Chad Anderson. These musicians played a huge role in his early development and would also serve as his mentors.
In 2008, Darrian moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he took over the drum chair in Ellis Marsalis's quartet. He stated, "I love playing with Mr Marsalis; he allowed me to grow and explore the music without consequence." Darrian continued to play with Ellis until his departure from New Orleans in December 2012.
Darrian is a rising star, drummer, composer, and bandleader of The Session, a group comprised of unique characters he shared the bandstand with while playing in Jason Marsalis' vibe quartet.
Darrian has performed in over 30 festivals worldwide. He has also performed at renowned venues such as The Kennedy Center, Herbst Theatre, Saenger Theatre, Aladdin Theater, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Snug Harbor, Smoke Jazz Club, and Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse.
He has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Victor Goines, Irvin Mayfield, Godwin Louis, Jazzmeia Horn, Brianna Thomas, Joe Temperley, Germaine Bazzle, Jessie McBride, Bob Cranshaw, Bria Skonberg and Ellis Marsalis.
Darrian has recorded with Ellis Marsalis (Live at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2011), Greggory Agid (Mystery Blues), The Session (This Is Who We Are), Sam Zeanah Band (self-titled), Bria Skonberg (TBA), Christina Perez (self-titled), and Regeneration Brass Band (Body and Soul).
In addition to performing, Darrian taught percussion classes at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Performing and teaching are two of Darrian's greatest passions!
Darrians newest roll is Executive Director of Second Line Arts Collective. A non-profit organization focused on creating arts education programs that enable young artist to thrive in the modern economy.
Darrian now resides in New York City where he is currently pursuing his music career.